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Concussions

“It’s Better to Miss One Game Than the Whole Season.” – CDC 

The Camarillo Scorpions take pride in providing a quality football experience to our young student athletes.  We're constantly trying to find ways to improve, and strive to set ourselves apart from other high school athletic programs.

Since the safety of our athletes is of paramount concern during any athletic endeavor, the Scorpion football leadership has embarked on a campaign to educate our own coaches, parents, and players on what a concussion is, how it must be treated, and the consequences of not treating a concussion properly.

The prevalence of concussions in contact sports has recently been receiving a great deal of attention nationally.  In 2010 the CIF implemented a new rule on how a concussion is to be treated.  There is legislation pending in California, and even the NFL is starting to admit there is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.  There seems to be another story in the national press each week talking about long-term brain injury suffered by career NFL players who repeatedly suffered concussions without proper treatment.  The prevalence of concussions appears to be much greater than many people previously knew, or admitted.

Anyone experiencing a concussion, especially young athletes who are still developing physically, can suffer serious long-term consequences if that concussion is not identified and treated properly.

We have gathered a great deal of information on concussions from detailed research of multiple sources, including recommendations from the American Academy of Neurology.  Coaches, parents, and players are invited to explore the resources we have here on this site to better acquaint themselves with concussions and what we are doing to help prevent and treat them.  We have included the Concussion section of the Camarillo Roadrunners Coaching Manual since it is a single source of information gleaned from multiple other authoritative sources.

The CIF rule specifically addressing suspected concussions is:

CIF Bylaw 313 - Play It Safer 
A student-athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or game shall be removed from competition at that time for the remainder of the day.  A student-athlete who has been removed from play may not return to play until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussion and receives written clearance to return to play from that health care provider.

To help our coaches identify a player who needs to be removed from practice, scrimmage, or game when necessary due to a suspected concussion, we have provided the King-Devick sideline concussion test to our Varsity, JV, and Freshman coaches.  This test gives our coaches and medical personnel a tool to be able to objectively screen an athlete they suspect of suffering a concussion.  Each football player on each of those teams will be tested to establish a base line test score prior to commencing contact in practice.  Each of our coaches is required to follow the CIF rule on concussions.

Learn about concussions, what to look for, and how to care for them, before you need the information.  Start with the Roadrunners Coaching Manual excerpt for a basic understanding.  We have listed many other sources of additional information, guidance, and testing for you here on this site. 

Each of us has only one brain, and it must serve us the rest of our life.

More information and tools:

- Success under the Friday night lights was Payton Burson’s dream, until a routine hit changed that.

- Concussion Section of RR Coaches Manual

- CIF - the governing body for all California sports, including the PYFL - Concussion management guidelines and education

- Centers for Disease Controlyouth concussion information, education, resources, and print materials

- ImPACT online baseline concussion test help determine when an athlete is ready to return to the athletic field, and help define appropriate treatment and recovery plans

- King-Devick sideline concussion testhelp determine if a concussion has occurred

- Xenith Academy education and information about concussions

- Ratings of adult football helmets, Virginia Tech School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, National Impact Database

Sports Concussion Clinica local clinic in Simi Valley that offers ImPACT testing among other services

- Sports Legacy Institute  The mission of the Sports Legacy Institute is to advance the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in

athletes and other at-risk groups.

- The Hit Count  Sports Legacy Institute “Hit Count” White Paper

- Head Games, a book by Chris "Harvard" Nowinski.  This is a riveting account of Nowinski’s personal experiences in trying to come to grips with the long-term trauma he is suffering from multiple concussions suffered in high school and college football as well as in a WWE career cut short by that trauma. In it, he helps the reader understand what concussions are, describes the impact concussions are having on football players from youth through professional levels, and suggests some possible paths to solving the problem. 

LA Times Concussion article Feb 2012

MSNBC Concussion Danger Jun 2011

NFHS Revised Rules concussions Apr 2010

LA Times - Concussion Testing Feb 2011

LA Time Neurologists Issue Concussion Guidelines Nov 2010

ESPN.com - Pop Warner Tackles Concussions Nov 2010

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